Wisconsin Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Wisconsin Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste law and rules: Wisconsin Statutes Annotated (WSA) 289, WSA 291 and regulations at Wisconsin Administrative Code, Department of Natural Resources (NR) 660 to 679

Regulatory Agencies
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Air and Waste Bureau of Waste and Materials Management Hazardous Waste Prevention and Management Section

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wisconsin's hazardous waste management rules include both the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and more stringent state requirements. The state's more stringent rules apply to hazardous waste generators, transporters, owners, and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), and handlers of universal waste.

Administration and enforcement. DNR has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DNR to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Wisconsin's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, DNR must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards.

Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments to RCRA (the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA)) becomes effective in all states at the moment it goes into effect under federal law. Under such circumstances in ...


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